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hdrawal of Australian troops from the Vietnam
tated Darwin and the first act of terrorism to hit
bombing of the Sydney Hilton.
Army helps in clean-up
SAVAGELY destructive cyclones Una, Wanda and Pam were
fought with flood relief and clean-up forces on a scale rarely
seen before in Australia. The Army played a major role.
Typical of the action was the operation when Cyclone Pam
smashed into the Gold Coast and a king tide struck with
waves 30-feet high. More than 100 soldiers from the Jungle
Training Centre at Canungra sped to the coast and worked
Bird s-eye view of Brisbane floods
WO2 Bill Cunneen recorded the flood scene from an Army
light observation helicopter above Brisbane when the flood
waters were at their highest. As he flew over the disaster
area, other soldiers were at work on rescue and relief opera-
tions in the muddy, swirling waters below. It was during
those operations that an Army LARC struck high-tension
wires, causing fatalities.
Four nations exercise
MORE than 8000 servicemen from Australia, New Zealand,
the UK and the US will take part in a combined exercise
in Australia in June this year. Announcing the exercise,
Defence Minister Lance Barnard said that the 14-day, sea-
land-air exercise would be located primarily in the Coral
Sea-Shoalwater Bay area of Queensland. The exercise, code-
named Kangaroo 1, will be the largest multi-nation exercise
held in Australia.
THE government has approved the acquisition of 53 modern
medium tanks as a first step in filling "a continuing need for
both medium tanks and fire-support vehicles". Mr Barnard
said the tanks would be of a type yet to be decided. "The
competitors are the German Leopard and the M60 tanks,
both of which have been evaluated in Australia," he said.
OPERATION Hopper Stopper -- the Army's campaign against
a plague of locusts in Central Queensland -- is successfully
containing the spread of huge swarms. An Enoggera-based
6 Task Force detachment of 140 men is treating the locust
war as a full-scale tactical operation. Locusts cannot fly in
the morning when their wings are damp with dew. Soldiers
are mounting misting machines on Land Rovers to spray
locust-covered crops and pastures within a 100-mile radius
End of an era
AN Army Cessna 180 led a farewell fly-past over Toowoomba
to mark the end of an era in Army Aviation. As from
September 20, the Cessna ceased to belong to the Army's air
fleet. It has been replaced by the turbo-prop Pilatus Porter
aircraft. The aircraft flew more than 4500 hours in PNG with-
out a major accident.
Increase in salary
PAY increases for servicemen and servicewomen, including
medical and dental officers, have been announced. Male
officers' pay will be increased by a flat-rate increase of $750
a year from second lieutenant to colonel ranks. This will take
a second lieutenant's pay to $7102 a year and a colonel's to
$16,792 a year. A private level 1 will now receive $4953 a
year and a WO1 $10,335 a year.
Women s world
MORE women will be brought into the Army, the Chief of the
Army Reserve, Maj-Gen B. A. McDonald, told a graduating
class of WRAAC officer cadets recently. He said that by mid-
1975, with the increase, WRAAC members would total about
4 per cent of the regular Army.
Larrakeyah in ruins
LARRAKEYAH Barracks medical orderly Cpl Wayne Marks
looked for a safe place to park his car before Cyclone Tracy
hit Darwin and decided on the solid concrete fire station on
base. Pictured are the remains of his car, the concrete fire sta-
tion and, in addition, a graphic indication of the devastation
in the Larrakeyah area. All 97 married quarters in the area
are extensively damaged and are uninhabitable. Many were
CYCLONE Tracy may have destroyed much of Darwin but
not even the devastating winds, flying roofing iron or col-
lapsed houses has destroyed the spirit of the people who
were there. The Army has been part of the Darwin scene for
many years and shared the experiences of the community
and immediately got stuck into the massive clean-up. Only
a comparatively few soldiers are posted to the Top End -- on
Christmas day the posted strength was about 180.
Swift reaction to help
WITHIN an hour of the Lake Illawarra-Tasman Bridge disaster
an Army salvage and rescue team acted. Using assault craft,
they searched for bodies of the crew and car victims. Light
was provided by two 440-volt generators and 12-volt batter-
ies. The oil, thick as mud, was still present in the early morn-
ing hours after the disaster occurred.
Defence powers handed over
THE Papua New Guinea Defence Force has gained
full independence. In joint statements to the House of
Representatives and the PNG House of Assembly, Defence
Minister Lance Barnard and Sir Maori Kiki announced the
handing of defence powers from Canberra to Port Moresby.
On March 6, the PNGDF ceased to be an element of the ADF.
New models with night sight, speed and sting
THREE prototype fire-support vehicles were delivered to the
Australian Army early this month. One of the new vehicles,
M113A1 -- Scorpion Turret, started trials on May 2 at the
Engineering Development Establishment in Maribyrnong,
Victoria. The trails are expected to end in October 1975.
New name for JTC Canungra
THE name of the Jungle Training Centre at Canungra,
Queensland, has been changed to Land Warfare Centre,
Canungra, and its courses are to concentrate on the tech-
niques of continental defence. Defence Minister Bill Morrison
announced the change during a visit to the centre recently.
Mr Morrison said the old name was not appropriate for the
role Canungra was now playing in Army training. "It's no
longer a training school for Vietnam-type wars," Mr Morrison
New on the sleeve
DURING the period 1970 to 1973, investigations were carried
out in each military district for a review of the badge of rank
for WO1. The majority of directorates and warrant officers
were in favour of the change from the Royal Coat of Arms to
the Australian Coat of Arms. WO1s will receive an initial free
issue of the new badge.
First Nomad delivered
THE "Nomad", painted in Army colours, was the first of the
military-version off-the-production lines of Government
Aircraft Factories, Melbourne. The Army has ordered 11
Nomads and the first is undergoing evaluation tests at the
Aircraft Research and Development Unit, RAAF Laverton,
before the remainder are delivered.
They re on the up and up
IN OUR Army today, women may be employed in 53 out of
93 field-force employment codes -- which is a dramatic illus-
tration of the expanding role of the WRAAC. The majority of
jobs not open to WRAAC soldiers are those associated with
military skills and primary combat.
THE Queen has approved the designs of the insignia for the
Order of Australia, the Australian bravery decorations and
the National Medal. The Governor-General and Chancellor of
the Order of Australia announced this recently and released
details of the designs. In preparing his designs for the Order
of Australia, the Australian designer and goldsmith, Mr Stuart
Devlin, who also designed Australia's decimal coinage, has
used the flower of the wattle as his symbol and Australia's
heraldic national colours for the ribbon.
Decision on dental costs
THE Committee of Management of AHBS has decided to
increase benefits payable from the Dental Benefits Fund
in respect of the majority of services covered by the fund.
Approximately 25 per cent increase in benefits will apply and
the revised benefit schedule will continue to provide substan-
tial benefits for preventative dentistry.
initially each sentence was
writer on quarto paper (origi-
n rubber stamped with page
d-counted and passed to the
or would then rubber stamp
and font and column width
cropped and sized using a
eel" showing the percentage
s of our labours were then
eral times a week) to our
on the stone by Army's long-
e Barclay, who developed
such a rapport with our staff we bestowed upon him
the honorary rank of corporal.
The fruits of George's labour were couriered back
to us in the form of proof sheets and all staff mem-
bers were given a copy of each page to check.
Checked sheets then were passed to the sub-editor
who marked all corrections and the pages were then
couriered back to Sydney for alterations as necessary.
Sounds convoluted doesn't it. But wait, there's more.
Before the paper went to press a staff member
travelled to Sydney to conduct the final proof read
and sign off on each page.
One would think that with all of this cross check-
ing spelling errors or omissions would be eliminated.
Hah! I can't recall the date but in one edition the
back page lead story headline read -- in very large
type -- 'Chams downed on slops'. It should have read
'Champs downed on slopes' relating to the Army
ski team favourites being defeated in the triservice
George Barclay as compositor and I, as final
proof reader, took a long time to live that down.
Surprisingly, given the number of readers who
delight in pointing out errors, we only received two
letters on the subject proving maybe that nobody
reads headlines. But it's still there to haunt me, in
hard copy -- 45,000 times.
One final recollection -- Wakka and Coy -- a car-
toon strip. We were fortunate to have Bob Faulkner,
a sergeant serving with Army audio visual unit, agree
to provide a fortnightly strip cartoon.
Bob was a gifted cartoonist who had been pub-
lished in Bulletin magazine and Nation Review and
happily brought his very incisive wit to bear on any-
thing he felt needed deflating.
We often held our collective breath waiting to see
whether his most recent satirical broadside would
draw any retaliatory fire from on high. It never did.
He even got away with the cross referencing of
haemorrhoids, medals and rectums.
was a corporal reporter,
nder the regime of a passionate editor.
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